Killing Spree in PvE
June 29, 2009 21 Comments
I’ve received a fair number of comments, emails, etc. asking why I think Killing Spree is worth putting a talent point in. First off, here’s the ability text:
Step through the shadows from enemy to enemy within 10 yards, attacking an enemy every .5 secs with both weapons until 5 assaults are made, and increasing all damage done by 20% for the duration. Can hit the same target multiple times. Cannot hit invisible or stealthed targets.
At first glace, this appears to just be a series of 5 assaults to anything in a 10 yard range, making the ability good for moderate AoE use, but not much else. If you look further you notice that all damage is increased by 20% during its duration, so any white hits will receive the 20% buff. Basically this ability allows you to pump some serious damage out over the span of 2.5 seconds.
Given that it’s only 2.5 seconds, you might think that it’s not that useful, but with the glyph, you can use this ability every 1.25 minutes. With that kind of cooldown this ability can give you a worthwhile DPS boost, and for only 1 talent point. Here’s some numbers for you:
6.5 Minute Combat Parse, no Killing spree
6.5 Minute Combat Parse, with Killing Spree
What can you take from these numbers? First off, Killing spree is a significant DPS boost. 150+ DPS for 1 talent point is nothing to sneeze at. Looking into the numbers, Killing Spree contributed to 6.1% of my DPS. However, that’s not entirely accurate. Some of the DPS is hiding under “Melee.” Calculating that DPS would take some serious math, and that’s just not in the cards for this post.
I was able to pop KS 5 times and that’s 12.5 seconds of a 20% DPS boost for white damage. I estimate that I got in about 8 main hand and 15 off hand hits in that time. To maximize the effectiveness of this boost, I only use it when I have Slice and Dice up, and if possible Blade Flurry.
In conclusion, Killing Spree is a very effective tool when used properly. It can provide a compliment to Fan of Knives in the Rogue AoE arsenal, or it can help boost your single target DPS. In my opinion, it is certainly worth a single talent point.